Tobymac Paper

Topics: TobyMac, Hip hop, Michael Tait Pages: 2 (721 words) Published: January 14, 2013
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Creating a Diverse City
“If we are gonna be a city on a hill, we have to be a diverse city” (sing365). These are the famous words of a man who wants to start a revolution that will carry on across the world and rid the diverse barriers that keep people and cultures alike segregated. That man is Kevin Michael McKeehan, better known by his stage name tobyMac. TobyMac is a famous figure in the Christian music world and uses his musical abilities to help with his revolution along with the group he and a college buddy formed called dcTalk.
Kevin was born on October 22, 1964 in Fairfax, Virginia. Kevin got his nickname from his older brother who would call him Toby since before he was born, soon giving him the idea for his stage name tobyMac. Growing up in the suburbs, tobyMac was immediately attracted to the beats, rhymes and production of early rap and hip-hop music. “I remember hearing a Kurtis Blow/Trouble Funk song on the radio and going to a local record, and they didn’t have it. Since I couldn’t drive yet, I took the Metrorail into downtown DC and found a store that had that song; I bought the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rappers Delight” that day as well. From there, it just caught fire. I fell in love with hip-hop music” (christianbook). TobyMac explains. From there his love for music became a dream and a career. TobyMac started his career in 1987 while at the Liberty University located in Lynchburg, Virginia by starting a band which came to be known as dcTalk, with a friend Michael Tait later followed by Kevin Max. (en.Wikipedia) The band mixed the genres of gospel, grunge and hip hop into a successful musical hybrid. They quickly became a complete success. In 1989 they released their first album and set off on tour right after the album was released. Just a couple years later they set out their first...
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